The aim of a restoration is to take an artifact from its current state to an earlier, known state. For aircraft at the Museum this process can be as simple as preserving a recently retired aircraft, protecting an aircraft from further deterioration, or be as complex as a complete rebuild of an aircraft to an 'as new' or ‘when in service’ condition. Some projects are based around a complete artifact whereas others have begun with a collection of various parts that have been salvaged from many different sources; it is then up to Museum staff and volunteers to return these objects to a restored state. This process will involve many steps and will always view the preservation of original components and assemblies as the most important consideration for the restoration.
For detailed information on our Current Restoration Projects select a project from the list below: